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This Week's CACP Sponsor In The Spotlight: DLR Group

Posted: July 24, 2017

We'd like to thank DLR Group for its continued support of CACP. This year at the 2017 Annual Conference, they were a Diamond Sponsor at the Awards Dinner. DLR Group believes integrated design is the practice of early collaboration in order to produce sustainable design excellence. Thank you DLR Group.


Congratulations To The 2017 CACP Award Recipients 

Posted: July 20, 2017

This year there were great stories told about the recipients of the 2017 CACP awards during the Annual Conference in Colorado Springs. 

The awards review committee, chaired by Chief Dan Brennan of Wheat Ridge, included Chief John Camper (Grand Junction), Chief John Mackey (Edgewater), Chief Kimberly Stewart (Erie), Chief Dennis McLaughlin (Breckenridge) and Chief Chris Heberer (Fountain).

This year there were more nominations and in more categories than in past years. The committee reviewed all nominations and compared them with the criteria for each. This was a lengthy process and CACP thanks the committee members for their time and effort.

Executive Awards

Charles K. “Pat” Steele Award- Given for Long Term Professional and Ethical Contributions to Law Enforcement and the People of Colorado as a Colorado Chief of Police. Two recipients:

  • Chief Jerry Garner, Greeley Police Department 
  • Chief Gary Barbour, Frederick Police Department 

Ralph Smith Professional Innovation Award- Presented to a Colorado Law Enforcement agency Chief Executive for innovative program implementation, which contributed to making Colorado a better and safer place to live.

  • Chief Mike Butler, Longmont Police Department 
American Spirit Award- Given to an agency serving less than 10,000 population (and to its chief executive) for professional contributions to Law Enforcement while limited in resources, manpower and finances.
  • Breckenridge Police Department (Chief Dennis R. McLaughlin)
Pioneer Policing Award- Given to a Colorado Law Enforcement Agency, which has pioneered a totally innovative program, policy or concept not knowingly used elsewhere, to further the professionalism of Law Enforcement and/or the service to citizens.
  • Cañon City Police Department 

Officer Awards

CACP Valor Award- The award is given to any certified Police Officer in the State of Colorado, for performance while on or off duty. Any reserve or part-time certified Police Officer while serving a department on duty. Performance of a deed, above and beyond the policies and procedures of any department or agency, which results in the saving of a human life, or which placed the officer in extreme peril of his/her life. There are two different agencies with officers receiving the Valor Award.

  • Golden Police Department - Sergeant Chad St Aubin, Detective Eric Jones and Detective Corky Kloberdance
  • Grand Junction Police Department - Corporal Ryan Piotrowski 
Police Officer of the Year Award- Given for exception achievement in any police endeavor, either on-duty or off-duty, including extraordinary valor, crime prevention, investigative work, community policing, traffic safety, drug control and prevention, juvenile programs and training programs.
  • Sergeant Chad St. Aubin (Golden Police Department)

Citizen Awards

“Mike Silva” Citizen Involvement Award- Given to a Colorado Citizen who without regard for their own wellbeing, became involved in assisting the Police Department.

  • Bransen Lewis, Wayne Patino and Derrick Mansfield (Golden Police Department)

Citizen Volunteer of the Year Award- Given to a Colorado Citizen who, without other compensation, distinguishes themselves through long term and selfless volunteer work for a Colorado Law Enforcement Agency. There were two recipients this year.

  • Laird Peale (Grand Junction Police Department)
  • Rick Collier (Vail Police Department)

Congratulations to all recipients and thank you for your service.


Key Strategies To Address The Drug Epidemic: Region VIII Opioid Summit On August 15 & 16

Posted: July 20, 2017

Please join us at this 1.5 day Summit to:

  • Engage with key Federal, State, and regional partners from Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming to address opioid prevention-treatment-recovery
  • Learn about available resources
  • Identify opportunities for technical assistance
  • Establish collaborative next steps with leadership from Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming

The agenda will include presentations from state leadership as well as speakers and discussion focused on five strategic topics: 

  • Community Prevention
  • Crisis Services
  • Clinical Practice
  • Recovery
  • Workforce Development

Registration is required but there is no cost. No food or beverages will be provided.  Space is limited.

To register go to:

Location: Byron Rogers Federal Building, 1961 Stout Street, Denver, CO 80294, Longs Peak Conf. Room

Tuesday, August 15, noon – 5:30 pm MST and Wednesday, August 16, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm MST

Hosted by: Region VIII Opioid Misuse Federal Consultation Team

For questions please contact:

Laurie Konsella, MPA
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health 
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
[email protected]

Charles H. Smith, PhD
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
[email protected]


POST Scholarships Request For COVA Conference Through Regional Training Rep

Posted: July 20, 2017

Dear Chief of Police,

This year, POST scholarships for sworn officers to attend the COVA Conference (Oct. 22-25, 2017, in Keystone, CO) must be requested through your POST regional training representative!

Our hope is that your regional training rep will provide scholarships for the conference registration fee, a Sunday Skill Building Session approved by POST, or both. Depending on available funds and your regional rep approval, officers may request lodging, travel costs, and per diem reimbursement.

We feel that it’s important for officers to be trained in victim issues. Last year, over 10% of our attendees were sworn officers, and we hope to increase that number this year. Attached is information about the conference schedule, POST regional training rep contact information, keynote speakers, Sunday skill building sessions, registration and lodging rates.

To receive a scholarship officers must apply through their POST regional training rep listed below (information also attached):

Don’t see your regional grant contact above? Contact Grant Manager Becky Calomino at [email protected]

If you have questions about the COVA conference, please contact Nancy Lewis at 303-996-8080 or [email protected]

We hope you can join us!

Leah Parker
COVA Membership & Conference Coordinator

Virginia Center For Policing Looking For Input

Posted: July 20, 2017

My name is Dave Gardner and I’m a Program Manager with the Virginia Center for Policing Innovation (VCPI) in Richmond, VA. VCPI ( is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing professional development opportunities, resources and support to law enforcement organizations throughout the U.S.

I’d like to request your participation in a new program we are developing in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). Measuring What Matters: Building Trust and Legitimacy (MWM), will provide tools and resources for law enforcement leaders to demonstrate and measure the impact of your organizational strategies and daily public interactions on community trust.

Click here for the full article and survey.

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